Miami International Airport is the first airport in Florida to be accredited under the Airport Health Accreditation program by Airports Council International.
The accreditation is based on evidence that MIA is following best practices and has implemented key measures to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in its health and safety response.
“ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation Program promotes best practices and helps align efforts across the industry to harmonize measures, processes and procedures,” ACI World director general Luis Felipe de Oliveira said. “The recovery of the industry from the impacts of COVID-19 will require a coordinated, global effort, and Miami International Airport’s accreditation shows that it is committed to high standards of health and hygiene that accord with globally recognized standards and protocols.”
The first US airport to be accredited is Boson’s Logan International Airport (BOS).
ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation program assists airports by assessing new health measures and procedures introduced because of the COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council Aviation Recovery Task Force recommendations. The program is part of the airport trade group’s effort to reopen air travel by adopting more risk-based measures based on scientific evidence, avoiding costly wholesale shutdown policies.
Areas of assessment for accreditation include cleaning and disinfection, physical distancing (where feasible and practical), staff protection, physical layout, passenger communications and passenger facilities.